2 months ago #17
    Yeah, folks who are totally obsessed with one thing and allow it to influence every part of their lives can be obnoxious.

    Think about it like a Sports fan. Most people watch sports and enjoy it. It's a hobby. No big deal. But on occasion, you'll find that one guy who is so completely dedicated to sports that everything he says or does revolves around it, and he can't even be in the same *room* as someone who doesn't watch the same sport or doesn't like the same team. It's rare, but it does happen.

    As for autism, that's a tough one. Many people who have autism are not diagnosed as having it, and you can be just *barely* on the autism spectrum and live your whole life without anybody in your family ever thinking that you needed to get evaluated for it. Does someone have autism, or is he just an awkward guy? That line is not easy to draw even for medical and educational professionals, let alone your average everyday person.

    Incidentally, some forms of autism do lend themselves to obsessions over certain things. But...they could be anything. I don't think there's much research done on any correlation between ASD and church attendance, and there probably won't be anytime soon.
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    2 months ago
    Yeah, folks who are totally obsessed with one thing and allow it to influence every part of their lives can be obnoxious.

    Think about it like a Sports fan. Most people watch sports and enjoy it. It's a hobby. No big deal. But on occasion, you'll find that one guy who is so completely dedicated to sports that everything he says or does revolves around it, and he can't even be in the same *room* as someone who doesn't watch the same sport or doesn't like the same team. It's rare, but it does happen.

    As for autism, that's a tough one. Many people who have autism are not diagnosed as having it, and you can be just *barely* on the autism spectrum and live your whole life without anybody in your family ever thinking that you needed to get evaluated for it. Does someone have autism, or is he just an awkward guy? That line is not easy to draw even for medical and educational professionals, let alone your average everyday person.